Thursday Jul 18, 2013

The Cloud Application Foundation Launch Event - What is all the excitement about?

Oracle Cloud Application Foundation 12c was released on July 11th and received with great excitement by folks taking an early peak. Computer Business Review wrote “Integrating application server and in-memory data grid capabilities into a base for cloud computing, the new Cloud Application Foundation offers a platform that enables launching latest applications, shorten operations, ramp up time-to-market and reduce overall ownership cost, while obtaining more value from their existing application infrastructure.”

For those eager to learn what this release is all about, who needs summer vacation? We are hosting a Virtual Launch Event on July 31st and boy do we have an action-packed agenda for you!

First up will be our keynote with VP of Product Management, Ajay Patel, who looks after Oracle Cloud Application Foundation and Exalogic. Ajay will cover the key product announcements, then invite to the stage VP of Development, Cameron Purdy, and VP of Product Management for Cloud Application Foundation, Mike Lehmann, to go into the feature highlights of the release. The part I’m most excited about is the testimonials you will hear from our customers, as well as industry experts, Frank Munz and Simon Haslam.

Following the keynote, we will have four sessions covering deep-dive technical content and product demonstrations. And for those of you who know our team, which I personally feel so fortunate to be working with, here’s the lineup we have for you:

Core CAF Product Deep Dives

WebLogic Server 12c, Release 12.1.2 with Mike Lehmann, VP of Product Management and Will Lyons, Director of Product Management.

Coherence 12c, Release 12.1.2 with Cameron Purdy, VP of Development, Craig Blitz, Director of Product Management and Jens Eckels, Director of Product Marketing

Productivity Tools Deep Dives

Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3 with Glen Hawkins, Senior Director of Product Management

Oracle Developer Tools, including JDeveloper 12c, Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 12c, ADF 12c and even NetBeans – with Chris Tonas, VP of Development and Carlos Chang, Director of Product Marketing.

I hope you join us for the Cloud Application Foundation show and we’ll be waiting and eager to take your questions via live chat, see you on the 31st

To register for the launch event click here

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Cloud Application Foundation 12c Launch: Press and Social Media Coverage

The coverage Oracle received on the Cloud Application foundation 12c launch is quite insightful and to the point. I wanted to share some of the viewpoints with the readers. One of the tweets mentions, “Oracle CAF 12c is Weblogic 12.1.2, Coherence 12.1.2, Enterrprise Manager 12c R3 and Development Tools 12c - quite a bundle”, which is indeed reflective of Oracle’s efforts at offering a consolidated cloud application platform to our customers and partners. On a similar note Computer Business Review remarks, “Integrating application server and in-memory data grid capabilities into a base for cloud computing, the new Cloud Application Foundation offers a platform that enables launching latest applications, shorten operations, ramp up time-to-market and reduce overall ownership cost, while obtaining more value from their existing application infrastructure”: a truly insightful observation of the value propositions offered by the platform.

From a developer productivity perspective, a significant amount of investment has been made to the platform as eWeek notes, “… Oracle has delivered new releases of its Java development tools and framework that enable developers to rapidly and efficiently build multichannel—Web, cloud and on-premises—applications.” This quote very astutely notes that although there is a large focus in the marketplace around cloud applications, the Oracle solutions also offer tremendous value to customers who are developing applications for traditional data center deployments, as well as for customers wanting to ensure that their current investments can be leveraged when they move to cloud architecture. This is confirmed by Holger Mueller of Enterprise Software Musings as he comments, “As usual Oracle build and positions its products to be practically universally deploy-able. Customers can use Cloud Application Foundation to built on premise, hybrid or public cloud applications, that can run on the Oracle Cloud or other public clouds. And they can buy the hardware with Exalogic Elastic Cloud with it, too - if they wish."

Commenting on the integration work between Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.2 and Oracle Database 12c, here is what IDC analyst Al Hilwa had to say. "Integrated is the operative word here. For example there is quite a bit of technology that allows the app server to work in unique and differentiated ways with the Oracle database. It is also a coordinated set of technologies that pulls together the different pieces of the application stack. Quite a bit of work is culminating with this release…"

And here is what the market thinks about the investment on Oracle Coherence. “Oracle is doing a good job leveraging Coherence in CAF 12c. With Goldengate - a lot goes into memory...” says one of the tweets. “In addition to also offering full support for Oracle 12c, the new version of Coherence offers a number of new technologies that will help in faster data synchronization”, comments Joab Jackson of IDG News Service. “Being Oracle's in-memory data caching solution, the new Coherence 12.1.2 scales applications as per the requirements of mobile and cloud demands, while improving customer experience with Oracle Coherence Live Events”, remarks Computer Business Review.

Needless to say we are excited to see so much and such deep coverage. The press covered almost all features and capabilities we wanted highlighted for our customers, be it the Oracle WebLogic Server/ Oracle Database integration, developer efficiencies like WebSocket support, Oracle Coherence enhancements, and many more. Look for an update on this as we receive more coverage and move toward our exciting launch event on July 31st!

For complete details of the launch and deep dive of the new product capabilities:

Read the press release.

Read the whitepapers and datasheets at http://www.oracle.com/weblogic and http://www.oracle.com/goto/coherence

Download the products from OTN

And, don't forget to join us for the Oracle Cloud Application Foundation 12c launch event later this month:
July 31st, 10am, Pacific Time
Register

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